Beetle and mite team

Flip over one of these beautiful dung beetles – which are found in northern Spain – and more often than not you will see a bunch of tiny mites – hangers-on! – on the shiny blue underside. These hitch-hikers are called phoretic mites. Phoresy, or phoresis, is the transport of one animal via another; but for…

Hitching a ride on a giant wasp

I came across this very large (c. 5 cm in length) digger wasp which was searching the leaf litter in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, northern Thailand. It is a scoliid wasp called Megascolia azurea (Subfamily Scoliinae; Tribe Scoliini).  There are five subspecies. (1) Given the location, perhaps it is ssp. siamensis  Bertem). Regiscolia  is an alternative name for this genus,…